Steelton-Highspire Steamrollers (15-0) vs. Clairton Bears (15-0)
Time: 1:00 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
Media: Televised on PCNTV
Fast Fact: Clairton will try and become the first Class A champion from the WPIAL since 2001 when the Rochester Rams won the title. Steelton-Highspire is the defending champion.
Much of the success the Steamrollers have enjoyed over the past four years can be attributed to a core group of solid players from the class of 2009. As good as the team is as a whole much of their success stems from the record setting tailback named Jeremiah Young (5-8/175). Young has run for a state record 8,945 yards in his prolific career. He is the key to the offense along with a very talented dual-threat quarterback Andre Campbell (6-1/200).
Of course, a great running game is established up front and the Steamrollers have dominated in the trenches led by cousins Jordan Hill (6-3/250) and Lloyd Hill (6-3/305). Hill is committed to Rutgers, but he is taking an official visit to Pittsburgh on Saturday and our sources tell us there is about an 80-percent chance that he could have a change of heart.
Jordan Hill is good on offense, but he is outstanding on defense. He is a standout middle linebacker who will project as a defensive tackle at the next level. The leader of the secondary is cornerback Jordan Smith (5-10/180) who is one of the top cover guys in the state. You can expect to see him matched up against Clairton junior star Kevin Weatherspoon quite frequently. Campbell is also a solid contributor to the Steamrollers defensive backfield.
What To Expect: The Steamrollers will face a team for the first time that is athletically gifted as they are and just as fast. Expect them to come out and try to establish the ground game with Young. The weather as usual will not be conducive to throwing the ball much, so young could have 30 carries in this game. Campbell can throw the ball and do not be surprised to see them take some chances and try to catch the Bears sleeping. Expect the Steamrollers to try and apply a lot of pressure to Clairton quarterback Troy Webb. Steel-High has the experience of being here before and being the defending champions, so nerves should not be as much of a factor for them as it will be for Clairton.
The Bears lost their starting quarterback Andrew Currington prior to the WPIAL Championship game and the Bears have not skipped a beat since senior Troy Webb took the reins. The Bears like their counterpart will try and establish the ground game led by talented junior tailback Deontae Howard (5-9/170). Howard opened some eyes earlier this year at the Scout.com Combine in Pittsburgh when he ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of the camp. Webb is not a very big quarterback by any stretch of the imagination (5-9/175), but he is very athletic and can hurt you outside of the pocket.
When the Bears throw the ball you can expect the No. 1 option to be talented junior Kevin Weatherspoon (5-11/175). He is one of the most talented receivers in the state for good reason. Weatherspoon has picked up an early offer from Pittsburgh. He is also the go-to guy in the return game for the Bears as well.
Defensively, the Bears use an attacking style defense with guys coming from all over the field. This is not the most talented Bears defense we have seen, but it is a very athletic unit led by fireplug David Spence (6-2/225). Spence is an undersized defensive tackle, but he is very active. Weatherspoon is also a very talented defensive back.
What To Expect: The Bears fought for their playoff lives last weekend to beat Farrell. That experience will help this young Clairton team and provide them with some confidence heading into a game of this magnitude against the defending state champions. Expect to see a lot of Howard and Weatherspoon in this contest. If Steel-High is smart they double-cover Weatherspoon and do not let him touch the ball on special teams. Nerves could be a factor for this young Clairton Bears team.
PREDICTION: Steelton-Highspire 18 Clairton 8